The parish lies at the heart of every community. Families, churches, schools, chaplaincies to hospitals and prisons. Parishes provide an inclusive hub for people of all walks of life to journey together in faith and to reach out to the wider community to serve in social action.
Young people are visible in the Church. They are involved in parish life, school and university communities and the wider community, witnessing to their relationship with Jesus Christ. The Diocese supports young people to respond to the invitation of faith in various ways.
The fast pace of today's world often has us rushing through our daily life, with little direction or thought as to the kind of life we should be leading. Fortunately, the Catholic faith provides us with a solid moral compass and many great role models to help us find our way.
Good communication is really important to us. Whether it's sharing the impact of our community projects and sharing the witness of inspiring individuals, or reaching out to collaborate and dialogue with groups and individuals, and providing resources to enable others, we want to build long lasting effective relationships and help people to develop their faith journey.
The Caritas Portsmouth Season of Creation page has a number of ideas that can be run in a parish and also can connect you with our Climate Pledge Card which you can complete online or download. Each week we will be putting together a series of reflections, actions and ideas on our website focussing on different themes to help us care for our common home. There are ideas that can work for individuals, families parishes and schools so sign up if you would like these delivered straight to your inbox each Friday.
Using the image of a river, Pope Francis highlights the need for us to come together, forming “streams, brooks and rivulets, merging finally together in a mighty river to irrigate the life of our marvellous planet and our human family for generations to come.” To help us see our actions as adding to this mighty river, we’ve created a Padlet photo gallery where you can upload pictures of what you and/or your school or parish are doing this season. We can support and inspire each other so that justice and peace may flow.
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